Navajo Culture Highlighted in New Book: Nanise' A Navajo Herbal

Vernon O. Mayes and Barbara Bayless Lacy's book "Nanise' A Navajo Herbal" features 100 plants from the Navajo Reservation. Each plant's profile includes its common, Latin, and Navajo name as well as its common Navajo uses.



Nanise a Navajo Herbal front cover
The plants described in "Nanise' A Navajo Herbal" grow on the Navajo Reservation, a 25,209-square-mile area covering the Northeastern corner of Arizona, the Northwestern corner of New Mexico, and a portion of Southeastern Utah. The area is comparable in size to the state of West Virginia.
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Nanise' Alder
Alder, or "K'ish" was used by Navajos to make spears, and dyes for wool, leather, and basketry.
Illustration By Jack Ahasteen and Jason Chee
Nanise' Evening Primrose
Evening primrose is used as a poultice on spider bites, and the ground plant is used as a dusting powder on sores.
Illustration By Jack Ahasteen and Jason Chee
Nanise' Four-oclock
A light red dye can be made from the petals of Colorado four o'clock if the petals are boiled for no more than fifteen minutes.
Illustration By Jack Ahasteen and Jason Chee











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